Wanting to invite the whole family over for that long-anticipated summer BBQ? If your family is anything like mine then they have what seems to be an unsatisfiable appetite and an unmatched love for succulent slabs of smoked meat. Are you looking for that perfect recipe that is big on taste but small on budget? Sounds impossible? You will be glad to know that it doesn’t have to be.

BBQ flavors are constantly evolving and this sweet tea infused brisket recipe is brand new and not just scrumptious, but kind on the purse strings too. It is becoming really popular as you can use a cheap cut of meat like brisket and jazz it up with a sweet and spicy rub and finally infuse all of the flavors together harmoniously in a dish full of sweet tea, serve and wait for the tastebuds to start zinging with excitement.

Chafing at the bit to get started on this sweet tea infused brisket recipe? Perfect! Follow the instructions below carefully in order to transform the most simple ingredients into a million dollar taste sensation. Don’t be afraid to invite the whole clan over to sample this one, they will do nothing but sing your praises after a mouthful of your flavorsome brisket.



  • 13lb brisket (be sure to trim away the excess fat)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • Paprika, onion powder and salt (equal parts to make up one cup)
  • Olive oil (enough to brush over the whole brisket)
  • Sweet tea (enough to completely immerse the whole brisket)


  1. Preheat the smoker to 200 – 250 degrees.
  2. Using a sharp knife, trim the excess fat from the brisket and discard, (brisket meat is often quite fatty so it is best to remove what you can).
  3. Use a large bowl to mix together the dry ingredients such as the paprika, onion powder, salt and any other seasoning you would like to add to the rub.
  4. Place the brisket onto a clean meat preparation board and rub it all over with olive oil and then with the spice mix (use your hands to help the spices seep better into the meat).
  5. Place the prepared brisket onto the smoker for 2.5 to 3 hours or until browned and the glaze has formed a crust on the meat.
  6. Transfer the brisket from the smoker to a deep cooking dish (make sure the dish is big enough to cover the entire brisket). Fill the cooking dish with sweet tea until the meat is completely covered.
  7. Braise the brisket and sweet tea infusion in the oven for a few hours at 350 degrees until the meat is tender when probed.
  8. Remove the brisket from the heat and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve the meat in slices, reduce the juices left behind in the deep cooking dish to trickle on top of the brisket for that extra sweet taste.

Not sure what to serve alongside your money-saving masterpiece? Not to worry, this brisket recipe is so versatile and goes perfectly with all of the BBQ classics. Why not try accompanying it with some baked beans, a portion of all-American macaroni and cheese or even some grilled corn on the cob? Your family won’t stop asking for the recipe, but you don’t have to let them in on all of the details.

The great thing about this recipe is its adaptability. Once you have given it a go, tweak the spice quantities in the rub to really make it your own and adjust the amount of meat you smoke to match your party.

Author Bio

Carl grew up learning how to cook from his parents as well as working in a high-volume catering operation while in college. He now enjoys spending time with his family and writing for his blog Ktchndad.